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Condolences – I’m sure Shotesham will join us in wishing our deepest condolences to the Royal Family. We will always be indebted to HRH Queen Elizabeth II who consistently & selflessly served us and her country for over 70 years. It’s something of a comfort to know that, as a village, we recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee and thanked her for the years of devoted service to us and her remarkable life. Thank you Ma’am and RiP.

Also, please see attached the proclamation for King Charles III via the Council website.

Here’s a great cause, and we do of course, have their members amongst us in Shotesham, please donate if you can. 

Anyone for books? – Our ‘Books Box’ at The Grove has been newly decorated and looks splendid, accompanied below by Stanley (who didn’t do the decorating btw!). Please help yourselves to books, and any new ones would be most welcome.

Help from Norfolk Local Councils – a lot of helpful information, including some financial assistance for certain cases, click here for more information 

Update on Shotesham Together 🇺🇦 – A big thank you to everyone who volunteered to assist with hosting Ukrainian refugees in Shotesham.    The Shotesham Together team was really impressed with the amount of goodwill and the willingness to help to be found in the village.    There are now five Ukrainian refugees sponsored by Shotesham residents settling into the UK, two actually living in Shotesham and three, although sponsored and hosted by a Shotesham resident, living in Norwich.   All five are very grateful to be here.    The team has also had a lot of offers to help, and they are really grateful for each of those offers and if the need arises may be in touch with those kind volunteers in the future.   

The DIARY – Click here

Shotesham yoga – down to one session per week for the winter, 18.30 – 19.30 every Wednesday. Enquiries via our very own Shotesham Yoga teacher, Kendra -kendracollier0@gmail.com or 07748009411
 

Walking in Shotesham – Time to start thinking about warmer walking gear as Autumn approaches, but hopefully not waterproofs! Two walks planned in October  on Sundays  the 2nd and 16th, 10.15 at the Trinity. 

Courtesy of Bernie (Photographer)

Local Council ‘stuff’ – 

Looking to get back to work?  Choices_A5 SNC Sept 2022

Shotesham Screen, great movie last time, October’s showing will be The Phantom of the Open, the heartwarming true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. This humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976. Well received by critics and audiences, see full review here.
Friday 14th October, Trinity Hall, tickets £5 BOOKINGS ONLY Raz 550122 razwoollacott@gmail.com

 Shotesham Barn Dance – was voted a great success so many thanks to all who joined us to enjoy it! Thanks also to all who gave their time and effort behind the scene to make it happen and clean up afterwards, roll on the next one!

Strictly Barn Dancing!

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios – well under way now with arts and crafts of all sorts all over Norfolk. Once again we have a couple of local artists right here in Shotesham exhibiting at Flint Cottage and Studio. Free for  all to visit so why not come along and enjoy some original,  hosts Lesley and Mary will be most pleased to see you. Open on weekends 1st/2nd and 8th/9th Oct.

An autumnal treat as Big Sky choir returns to All Saints Church on Saturday October 8th at 7.30. Celebrating performing live again, this acapella group, led by Sian Croose, will be singing a variety of songs across cultures and ages. To get tickets, £10/£8, follow this link. Big Sky singing in the Autumn Tickets, Sat 8 Oct 2022 at 19:30 | Eventbrite
For more information contact Sue Astbury 550377 or Mike and Helen Lawrence on 558831, and of course there will be refreshments!

Shotesham Open Gardens – We have some consolation following cancellation with some garden photos as memories of a hot, hot summer!


Conservation Group
– Next working morning will be on Saturday 19th November at the Village Pond. Please come along if you can spare some time to help, refreshments and tools will be provided. As always, suitable clothing and footwear recommended. If you have any queries, please contact Frank Mitchell – frank333mitchell@btinternet.com

Shotesham Common – The Trustees of Shotesham Common have been given permission by Natural England and will be carrying out some work on the common over the following months. Just to explain what we are doing and why:
We will be manually cutting back sections of the banks of the beck on an annual basis, where Willow Herb has dominated, to enable birds and mammals to have access to the water.
We will be manually cutting Alder saplings and trees. Over the years these have changed the open landscape and caused drying out of the wetland meadows, which is contrary to the management agreement we have with Natural England.

After the floods at Brookfield in December 2021, a ditch was dug and a bank built up around the cottage. Alternative flood alleviation work has now been carried out at Brookfields, so this is no longer required. The ditch will be filled in and the bank removed.
If you would like any further information, contact either Ed Howard edhoward54@gmail.com or myself floracot@btinternet.com.
Bernie Fenn, for Trustees of Shotesham Common
 

Wildlife in Shotesham – who knew we had so many different wildlife species on our doorstep?! Village resident, Andy Musgrove is busy collecting and collating them all and, whilst in his own words he hasn’t got them all yet, click here for a few to be getting on with. Careful though, it could make your hair stand on end!!

…and how’s this for acrobatics, after all who says they’re only for the birds!

Another Wildlife adventure, courtesy of NWT….click here

Other Information –

Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

SCAM AWARE!  Hopefully we are now well used to the occurrence of scams, but the best of us can still be caught out. Here’s a message from a Shotesham resident of a very recent attempt – ‘I had a call asking if I had received my new debit card in the last 7 days which I hadn’t. He wanted me to hand my card to someone who would came round to collect it! This person was obviously watching to see me return home and came to collect my card. I was so gullible not to see so many signs of a scam, but all is OK, I have rung Barclays and the police who were very understanding. I have never been scammed before and learnt a lot from my experience.’
Luckily our neighbour did figure it out in time, but this shows how convincing scammers can be!!

Community information….

Review of Residential Care across Norfolk, read more here

Norwich Western Link Road – Norfolk Council can now confirm that the Norwich Western Link consultation event in Costessey has been rearranged to take place on Friday 30 September . The event will run between 1 and 8pm and will be held in the Stafford Hall of the Costessey Centre. This event was originally due to take place last Friday (9 September) but was postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the previous day. You can also continue to find out more about the consultation, view the proposals upon which we’re consulting and give us your views online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl

Anglian Water’s Priority Services Register is in place to help lots of people with different needs and is completely free, click here for more info

Norfolk Local Councils (NLC) – Go wild in the Country with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Environment agency – Winter Flooding Report, read here

Pylons East Anglia – Norfolk Parish Movement for an OTN: September Update here

ALSO, Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:

  • Brief information on how to use the database
  • A short video demonstration
  • A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
  • A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include,  or just give feedback on your experience of using the database

Norfolk County Council – info, advice and links  here

Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here 

Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies,  full info here

South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s – July news update – click here

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